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SOL ABROAD

High School Study Abroad, Spanish Immersion & travel Programs

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Affordable High School Study Abroad, Spanish Immersion & Travel Programs

The Sol Abroad Experience Dear Student, At Sol Abroad our mission is very simple: to treat you the same way we wanted to be treated when we studied abroad. This approach makes us both a leader and an innovator in high school study abroad programs.

Spain (Granada)................................................................... 26

Mexico (Oaxaca)............................................................... 42

Our Onsite Directors .................................................................. 4

Academic Overview & Classes ............................................ 28

Academic Overview & Classes ............................................ 44

A Typical Day ..................................................................................... 6

Excursions ........................................................................................ 29

Excursions ........................................................................................ 45

College Credit & AP Preparation .......................................... 7

Cultural Activities ......................................................................... 32

Cultural Activities ......................................................................... 47

SAT/ACT & College Application Preparation ................. 7

Homestay & Meals ...................................................................... 32

Homestay & Meals ...................................................................... 47

U.S. Schools our Students Attend .......................................... 7

Dates & Prices ............................................................................... 33

Dates & Prices ............................................................................... 48

Teacher-Led Custom Programs .............................................. 9

Argentina (Buenos Aires)......................................... 34

Policies .......................................................................................... 50

Who is Eligible? ................................................................................. 9

Academic Overview & Classes ............................................ 36

Payment Information................................................................... 50

Parent Testimonials ......................................................................... 8

Community Service & Volunteer ........................................... 9

Excursions ........................................................................................ 37

Application & Payment Due Dates .....................................53

In an increasingly globalizing world, we recognize the vital importance of cross-cultural understanding and have created our value-based educational program accordingly. Through our program you will cultivate relationships, language skills, and memories to last a lifetime. And while you are abroad, we will emphasize the importance of learning about the unique cultures and people in each of our specially selected program sites.

Spanish Language Levels .......................................................... 10

Cultural Activities ......................................................................... 39

Apply Online!................................................................................... 53

A Typical Class ................................................................................ 10

Homestay & Meals ...................................................................... 39

University & Gap Year Programs ......................................... 55

What’s Included ............................................................................ 11

Dates & Prices ............................................................................... 40

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Introduction .............................................................................. 2

We provide you with a complete study abroad experience, including interactive Spanish Language classes, unique travel excursions, and an array of cultural activities of lasting value. We’ve developed our High School Program based on nearly two decades of international experience and a passion for foreign cultures and languages.

With Sol Abroad, you will experience a genuine cultural immersion through housing with carefully chosen local host families, quality Spanish Language classes, stimulating excursions, and some of the most rewarding cultural activities possible. We share your excitement and look forward to seeing you soon!

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Excursions & Cultural Activities ........................................... 11

Costa Rica (Atenas & Heredia) ...................... 16 Academic Overview & Classes ............................................ 18 Excursions ........................................................................................ 19 Cultural Activities ......................................................................... 22

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Homestay & Meals ...................................................................... 23 Dates & Prices ............................................................................... 24 All materials contained herein are copyright © Sol Abroad.

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Our Directors & Advisors - Argentina

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Our Directors & Advisors - Mexico

Our Directors & Advisors - Costa Rica

Our Directors & Advisors - Spain

Raúl de la Mano

Layla Meerloo

María Molina

Nuria Sánchez

Raúl is a native of Buenos Aires (a porteño). His greatest passion is sharing his hometown with others. Raúl is a natural guide and has worked in tourism for most of his adult life. Before joining the Sol team Raúl worked for five-star hotels as well as small luxury hotels in the city to provide guide services for guests. He also leads volunteer programs for international organizations working as a guide and interpreter. Raúl is the proud father of three children.

Layla was born in London. Her grandfather is from Spain and after completing her degree in Social Anthropology at the University of Manchester in England she moved to Valencia, Spain to teach and to improve her Spanish skills. Her interest in Spanish led her to Cuba and later to pursue a job in Mexico. She arrived to Oaxaca in 2005 to work in remote indigenous villages teaching English at local schools and working on community development projects.

María Molina grew up in the highland town of Atenas, Costa Rica. Her degree is in Tourism & Business Administration. In order to improve her English, she worked with an Au Pair program and lived for a year near Baltimore, MD. In her free time María loves studying languages, dancing, and reading Latin American Literature. She also is passionate about ecological conservation and is a member of Apreflofas, a non-profit dedicated to the conservation of land & wildlife.

Nuria was born near the English colony of Gibraltar. She has a Master’s Degree in Environmental Science from the University of Granada. She is passionate about languages and speaks English, Turkish & Italian. She lived for a year in Turkey and six months in Padua, Italy. Nuria works extensively in tourism and works as a guide in Spain & Morocco. Her other interests include painting, theater, film, sports, environmental volunteering, and music.

Alexia Zamparo

Justine Standaert

Orlando Murrillo

German Casado

Alexia is a native porteña and has studied drama since her early teens. Alexia has lived and traveled all over Europe performing in festivals. In Buenos Aires she splits her time between her work with study abroad groups and acting and also teaches Spanish. Alexia loves art, nature and spending time with people from all over the world. She will show you all that Argentina has to offer!

Justine is originally from Belgium and as a teenager studied abroad in Oaxaca.This was a life changing experience! While in Mexico, she learned Spanish, how to make hammocks, was taught songs in the Zapotec language, and learned to cook traditional dishes. Justine completed her university studies in Belgium and Spain as an Erasmus student and then moved back to Oaxaca where she secured a position teaching English and French to children.

Orlando was raised in Atenas and grew up as a host brother with Sol Abroad for over a decade. He is a university law student and studied abroad at Florida State University, where he lived with a US host family and therefore understands the experience our students go through. Orlando is very active and loves sharing Costa Rica with the students. He has extensive travel experience in the country, including climbing Costa Rica’s highest mountain.

Germán grew up near Granada and holds a Master’s Degree in Translation & Interpretation (English, French, & Italian) from the prestigious University of Granada. He has studied and lived in France, Belgium and Italy. He combines his work as a study abroad director with leading hiking trips to the Alps and the Atlas mountains. Germán is skilled at rock climbing, mountaineering, mountain biking, skiing and roller blading.

Christian Martínez

Soledad Zamora

Derrick Ryan

Liliana Jones

Christian was born and raised in Buenos Aires. He studied abroad in Finland which was the start to his career in international education and tourism. Christian loves working with international students and is a certified Spanish teacher and is also an accomplished musician. He plays three different types of percussion and plays tango and bossa nova music. Christian also manages tango dancers and groups, and organizes live shows and tours.

Soledad Zamora, or Sol, was born in Mexico City but raised in Oaxaca. She has a degree as an English Teacher from the University of Oaxaca and studied abroad at Kalamazoo College in Michigan and in Bremen, Germany where she studied Sociolinguistics, Language & Culture. Besides her work as a director she works for a prestigious Contemporary Art Gallery in Oaxaca as an interpreter.

Derrick has lived in Spain, Chile & Mexico. He participated in Concordia Language Villages as a student & instructor. He received his B.A. at the American University in Spanish Linguistics, Education & Translation & earned his M.A. in Spanish Linguistics at Georgetown University. Derrick studied at la Universidad Diego Portales in Santiago, Chile. Recently, he was a Fulbright scholar in Chiapas, Mexico. Derrick is a high school Spanish teacher in Maryland.

Liliana is a true traveler, born in Montana and raised in Washington State she studied abroad in Granada, Spain while in college and enrolled in classes with Spaniards. After working at Texas State University Office of Study Abroad she returned to Spain to teach English in Cádiz. Liliana loves people and studying the aspects of how cultures interact, speak, laugh, play, travel, and live. Her hobbies include running, soccer, creative writing and good coffee!

Rodrigo de la Mano

Esteban Lardone

Mercedes Arias

Brent Hunter

Rodrigo was born and raised in Buenos Aires. He has a degree in Electrical Engineering and is finishing his second degree in Agriculture Engineering at the University of Buenos. He loves music & plays drums in a samba reggae band. He is a very passionate cyclist and hiker and loves travelling to Patagonia and the majestic mountains of his native Argentina. Nobody will show you Argentina better than Rodrigo!

Esteban was born in Patagonia, southern Argentina. He attended high school in Norway and Mexico and attended the University of Texas at Austin obtaining degrees in Management Information Systems and Business. Upon graduating, Esteban worked for several years in the corporate tech environment, but increasing travel to various parts of the globe saw him eventually transition from the cubicle life to pursue a career in study abroad programs.

Mercedes is a native of Atenas, Costa Rica and received her degree in Spanish Literature and Grammar from the prestigious National University in Heredia, Costa Rica. Upon graduating, she was immediately hired by the Peace Corps to teach Spanish to volunteers. She also coordinated the placement of these volunteers throughout the country. Later, she taught high school in Atenas for many years and continues to teach Spanish to foreigners.

Brent was raised in Brenham, a small town in central Texas. At the University of Texas at Austin, he majored in Field Biology & Spanish Linguistics and has an MBA in International Business from St. Edward’s University. Brent has worked for many years now as an overseas program director for student groups in Mexico, Costa Rica & Spain. Brent’s other interests include hiking, rock climbing, yoga, biking, art, and reading contemporary Spanish literature.

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A Typical Day One of the main questions students and parents ask is, “What is a typical day like?” While each program site is different, here is a general example: Typical Weekday Experience: 8:00 – 8:45 Enjoy breakfast with your host family 8:45 – 9:00 Walk to school 9:00 – 12:00 Spanish language classes (with breaks) 1:00 – 3:00 Lunch with your host family (this is the main meal in Spanish countries) 3:00 – 5:00 Siesta (time to relax) 5:00 – 8:00 Cultural activity 8:00 – 9:00 Dinner with your host family Typical Weekend Experience: 7:00 – 8:00 Enjoy breakfast with your host family 8:00 – 10:00 Travel to the beach! 10:00 – 11:00 Check in to hotel. 11:00 – 1:00 Hike through the Rain Forest to the beach 1:0 0 – 2:00 Picnic lunch at pristine beach 2:00 – 5:00 Surf, snorkel, swim, and relax 5:00 – 6:00 Walk back to hotel 6:00 – 7:00 Shower and prepare for dinner 8:00 – 10:00 Group dinner in town 10:00 –12:00 Dancing (salsa, merengue, hip-hop, reggaeton) 6

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College Credit & AP Preparation Earn U.S. college credit! College credit available in Spain, Mexico & Argentina. Accepted to any US university. We handle all transcript processing. SAT/ACT & College Application Preparation Sol Abroad is partnered with All-in-One Academics to allow you to improve your Spanish and fulfill your college acceptance aspirations! Available in our Granada, Spain summer program. U.S. Schools our Students Attend Our students come from select schools across the country. If you would like a list of schools from your area or a list of past student references, please contact our office. Here is a small list of some of the schools our students attend: Anderson High School (Austin, TX) Arlington High School (Arlington, MA) Awty International (Houston, TX) Belmont Hill School (Belmont, MA) Berkeley High School (Berkeley, CA) Brentwood School (Brentwood, CA) Cambridge School of Weston (Weston, MA) Damascus High School (Damascus, MD) The Gunnery (Washington, CT) Episcopal High School (Houston, TX) Greenwich Academy (Greenwich, CT) Harry D. Jacobs High School (Algonquin, IL) Highland Park High School (Dallas, TX) Hudson High School (Hudson, WI) John B. Connally High School (Austin, TX) Lamar High School (Houston, TX) Lowell High School (San Francisco, CA) Lynbrook High School (Lynbrook, CA)

Needham Broughton (Raleigh, NC) Newark Academy (Livingston, NJ) Newbury Park (Thousand Oaks, CA) New Canaan HS (New Canaan, CT) Oak Knoll (Summit, NJ) Palisades Charter HS (Pacific Palisades, CA) Philips Academy (Andover, MA) Santa Monica HS (Santa Monica, CA) St. Andrew’s Episcopal School (Austin, TX) The Beacon School (New York, NY) The Hackley School (Tarrytown, NY) The Kent School (Kent, CT) The Meadows School (Las Vegas, NV) Webb School (Claremont, CA) Wood River High School (Hailey, ID) Wootton High School (Rockville, MD) Wyoming High School (Cincinnati, OH) Yorktown High School (Arlington, VA)

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Parent Testimonials “ Sol Abroad took my young 15 year old that had barely slept out of the house and opened up his world, helping to make him the confident young man he is today.” Parent of Aaron Fagan, Wootton High School, Rockville, MD

“Sol Abroad was available all the time; we felt completely informed. We have already recommended Sol Abroad!” Parent of Jason Rosenbaum, The Buckley School, Sherman Oaks, CA

“The Sol Abroad staff has our children’s safety and wellbeing as their #1 priority. Our son was a struggling Spanish II student before the trip, and after the trip received straight A’s in Spanish III.” Parent of Joe Balascio, Sanford School, Hockessin, DE

“Do it! Your child will thank you! Ours is already planning on going back and is constantly in touch with all the students he met from across the country!” Parent of Marcos Saenz, St. Michael’s Catholic Academy, Austin, TX

“Victoria came home happy, healthy, and speaking much more Spanish. The trip was everything we had hoped it would be for her. It’s a good program, at a great price, and well worth the separation anxiety.” Parent of Victoria Sheridan, Gaithersburg High School, Gaithersburg, MD

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Teacher-Led Custom Programs If you are a teacher interested in us organizing a trip for you and your students, we can arrange programs for summer, spring breaks, and winter breaks or any customized dates! Please contact our office for details and get a quote and see Page 54. Who is Eligible? We accept high school students of all ages for our programs. Any student interested in the Spanish language and culture can apply. Our students range from complete Spanish beginners to fluent native speakers, no previous language background is required.We are looking for students who want to better their Spanish, have fun, and learn about another culture and themselves along the way.You do not have to know anybody from the program to attend! While abroad, you will meet other students from around the world, developing friendships that last a lifetime. Volunteer & Community Service Does your school require community service hours? Do you want to volunteer while abroad? If so, our programs include community service activities. There is no better way to give back to the local community and develop a deep cultural understanding than by doing community service work. We will provide you and your school an official letter defining the projects and hours that you complete. We can accommodate special requests for volunteer placements while on our programs. Popular volunteer projects include: • Teaching English • Park Beautification • Community Development • Recycling Projects • Working with Children • Conservation

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Spanish Language Levels You will receive a written and oral language assessment upon arrival. Here is a general guide to help you decide the Spanish class you will take. Spanish Language Levels offered: Beginner I:

Requires no previous Spanish study.

Beginner II:

At least 1 semester or 1 year of Spanish study.

Intermediate I:

At least 1 year of Spanish study.

Intermediate II:

At least 1 to 2 years of Spanish study.

Advanced I:

At least 2 years of Spanish study.

Advanced II:

At least 2 to 3 years of Spanish study.

Superior I:

At least 3 to 4 years of Spanish study.

Superior II:

At least 4 to 5 years of Spanish study.

Each student’s language needs are different and we will make sure you are placed in the right class for your level. If you feel your class is too easy or too difficult, your director will help you change classes. What is the typical class like? Our Spanish language classes focus on communication, grammar, and culture, with a heavy emphasis on student participation. Classes are 3 to 4 hours long with a 30 minute break. Health & Safety Students and families choose Sol Abroad because we provide a safe, and supervised program environment for our students. Our directors and staff are available to assist you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. If medical attention is needed, our onsite staff will accompany you to an appropriate medical facility. We only choose program locations that we deem completely safe and healthy. This extra precaution allows our students to have a wonderful and enriching experience. 10

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What’s Included Spanish Language Classes Sol Abroad programs include all tuition and registration costs at the host university or Spanish institute. Tuition and books are included for Spanish Language & Elective classes. Onsite Directors & Staff Sol Abroad recognizes the importance of knowledgeable, friendly, and well-trained onsite staff. Our onsite directors and staff are available 24 hours a day and 7 days a week to assist you with any needs. Our goal is to ensure you are as comfortable as possible while abroad. Excursions Travel outings are fundamental and included in all programs. Sol Abroad carefully chooses weekend excursions that allow you to discover more about the country in which you are studying. We select trips based on cultural and educational importance or sites of natural beauty. All entrance and transportation fees are always included. Cultural Activities Our programs are located in some of the most beautiful places in the Spanish-speaking world. Cultural activities are also an integral part of the Sol Abroad experience, providing you further exposure to the language and cultural facets of the host country. Several cultural activities are planned each week; examples include cooking and dance classes, city tours, hiking and horseback rides, and much more!

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Homestay Each of our programs involves homestay with a local host family. Living and sharing your experience abroad with a host family is one of the important highlights of studying overseas. In fact, this can be the most enriching and lasting aspect of studying in a foreign country. Many students often maintain relationships with their host families well beyond the conclusion of the program. Our host families make up an important part of our team. They are carefully selected and interviewed, and have extensive prior experience. Meals Three meals a day are provided and are a great way to spend time with your family and experience the local cuisine. We can accommodate any dietary requirement, such as kosher, vegan, and vegetarian. While traveling on weekend excursions, your host family will prepare you a snack or lunch. Your onsite director will inform you which meals will be included during your excursions. Volunteer & Community Service We offer several unique volunteer opportunities in our Argentina, Costa Rica and Mexico locations. Activities include assisting at nutrition centers, teaching English, or any other local service-oriented program. Community service is one of the best ways to give back to the community. Great for completing your graduation requirements. Program Orientation When you arrive at your study abroad destination, our onsite staff will provide you with a welcome orientation.This will cover important topics such as health, safety, academics, host families, and cultural awareness, and end with a tour of your host city. We will help you exchange money and get a phone card. 12

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International Medical Insurance Full medical insurance is included in your program fee. Pre-departure Advising Sol Abroad is always available to answer your questions and you will receive a country handbook to prepare you for your study abroad adventure! All members of our staff are bilingual, bicultural and can provide information based on their own experiences abroad. Airport Transfers Ground transportation to and from your program city is included on the established travel dates. Reception & Farewell Event We feel that it is essential to welcome you to your host city with a reception in order to meet other participants and your directors. And, of course, a farewell event is provided as a chance to say goodbye to friends and celebrate your new experience. Language Exchange Interaction with locals, or intercambios, is an important aspect of our language program. Sol Abroad strives to create cultural and language exchange opportunities at each of our sites. Tutoring In order to provide the best academic assistance possible to our students, onsite tutoring is available for all language needs. We want to ensure that you have all of the tools available to maximize your academic experience while abroad.

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Transcript or Certificate You will receive a university transcript or Spanish institute certificate upon the completion of your program. Sol Abroad maintains an original document in our offices in the event you need a copy in the future. When you are ready, we will send the transcript or certificate to any university or post-graduate program along with a translated cover letter describing the coursework completed and grade earned. Financial Aid & Scholarships We accept any financial aid or scholarships and will assist you with any necessary paperwork. For more information on the process and a complete list of scholarship opportunities, please visit www.solabroad.com/scholarships Language Assessment Exam Your language level is evaluated upon arrival at all program locations. We measure your ability by a written placement exam or an oral exam with local professors. The language assessment is intended to ensure you get the best Spanish training possible while attending our program. For some sites, a written placement exam may be given prior to your departure overseas. Cell Phones Are included in Spain, Argentina & Mexico programs with credit in order to make communication with your directors, family and host family easier. In Costa Rica a local phone card is included. Student Visas Summer programs do not require visas. For semester and gap year programs, we will assist you in obtaining a student visa. 14

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Come with an open mind, this is a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

Kerry Ho – Lowell High School, San Francisco, CA

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My director provided a thousand percent more support than expected, he became my best travel companion.

Jonathon Culver – Beacon High School, New York, NY

Costa Rica

Costa Rica

Study Abroad & Spanish Immersion in Costa Rica! Country Overview: Costa Rica

City Overview: Atenas & Heredia

Why Costa Rica? You will discover a country of friendly people and breathtaking landscapes. Costa Rica is often identified as the “Switzerland of the Americas” due to its natural beauty and political stability. You will have endless opportunities to practice and learn Spanish. It is listed as one of the best places in the world to study abroad.

Why Atenas? (our High School Program)

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Academic Overview

Spanish Language Classes

Spanish Immersion in Atenas (ATESA Language School) Spanish language classes in Atenas, Costa Rica are taught at a private Spanish institute situated on a traditional Costa Rican farm amidst mango and orange trees. There are both indoor and outdoor classroom facilities, allowing you the option of an intimate experience among tropical surroundings. Outdoor classes are taught in the institute’s ranch houses and provides the student with a true sense of being in Central America. You will hear the sounds of tropical birds as you study Spanish with experienced professors. For a more private learning experience, or during inclement weather, the institute uses classroom space in the main building. You are certain to enjoy the intimate setting of learning Spanish in a small Costa Rican town!

You will choose one of the following classes for your program session (each class is 45 classroom contact hours):

Spanish Immersion in Heredia (Latin University of Costa Rica) The Latin University of Costa Rica, located in Heredia, Costa Rica, is a private university fully accredited by the Costa Rican government. It was founded in 1986 with a focus on Business Administration. Today the university has a full range of degrees for students from across Central America and other parts of the world. Spanish courses taught at the university follow curriculum guidelines established by U.S. universities.The Latin University of Costa Rica is located on a spacious campus set amongst pine trees. Green space abounds for studying outside or for intramural sports. First-rate academics combined with a beautiful locale makes the Latin University of Costa Rica a world-class location for study abroad.

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Beginner I Beginner II

Intermediate I Intermediate II

Advanced I Advanced II

Superior I Superior II

See course descriptions on page 10. Full course descriptions are available online at www.solabroad.com/costarica College Credit (Heredia location): You can earn a total of 3 semester credits or 4 quarter units per session. We will send your transcript to any university you attend in the future! Advanced Placement (AP) & High School Credit: Many of our students successfully take the AP exam after doing our program. Also, because of improved language skills, students often place into higher level Spanish classes upon their return.

Included Excursions Pacific Beach Trip (Manuel Antonio National Park) Manuel Antonio National Park is an escape to paradise. It is characterized by lush forests, tropical beaches, and abundant wildlife. Relax on the beach and hike with your director along the park’s many trails. Observable wildlife species range from white-faced monkeys to tree sloths and iguanas. Other species found here, though a little more shy, include macaws, ocelots, squirrel monkeys, and coatimundis. While at Manuel Antonio, you will have the opportunity to visit the four tropical beaches located in the park boundaries. All of the whitesand beaches are linked by hiking trails that pass through the tropical

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forest. Besides visiting the park and enjoying its natural beauty and wildlife, Manuel Antonio also offers other activities, including surfing, sea kayaking, snorkeling, fishing, and horseback riding.

full of fresh fruit such as mangos, strawberries, and passion fruit. After exploring Poás Volcano, we will stop by La Paz Waterfall, one of the most inspiring waterfalls in the country.

Arenal Volcano, Hot Springs, Rain Forest Zipline, & La Fortuna Waterfall Experience the natural beauty that is Arenal Volcano. Arenal is a perfect cone and has been active since 1968. On clear evenings you can see glowing lava flow down the volcano’s steep slopes. The area is blessed with many exotic hot springs thanks to the volcano’s geothermal activity. Your tropical experience will be complete as you relax in the soothing waters of the hot springs surrounded by lush tropical forest. The forests are filled with wildlife and in the mornings you are likely to awaken to the eerie sound of howler monkeys. On this excursion, you will visit one of Costa Rica’s most beautiful waterfalls, La Fortuna, which drops from a forested cliff hundreds of feet above you into a beautiful natural pool perfect for swimming. Not to be missed on this excursion is the famous zipline tour, where you will “zip” from tree to tree over the thick forest canopy below!

White-Water Rafting One of the many allures of Costa Rica is the opportunity to experience the thrill of white-water rafting. Spend the day on one of Costa Rica’s pristine rivers. You will experience the rush of the rapids while surrounded by breathtaking, tropical scenery. You will pass through canyons and float by miles of virgin rain forest. Witness the native wildlife such as howler monkeys and toucans, and enjoy surprises such as waterfalls along the river banks. And, of course, you’ll have the chance to take a dip in the cool, mountain waters. You need not have previous rafting experience to enjoy this excursion. The expedition is led by certified, professional guides. It’s one of the trips you won’t want to miss!

Poás Volcano Hike & La Paz Waterfall Costa Rica has everything you could want: verdant rain forests, misty mountains, and smoldering volcanoes. During this excursion, you will visit Poás Volcano, one of the country’s most impressive National Parks. The Costa Rican National Park system is world-renowned, and Poás Volcano is one of its gems. The park is located in a cloud forest, and temperatures are cool, making it ideal for hiking.You will often find it to be a misty and mysterious landscape. On this excursion you will hike to the very edge of the world’s largest volcano crater! Then hike along the wooded trails to the emerald green Botos Lake, which fills an extinct crater. Outside the park, we will stop at local fruit stands 20 Costa Rica

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San José City Tour San José is the cultural, economic, and political center of Costa Rica. The energetic capital city is located in the Central Valley and encircled by boundless mountain peaks. During this excursion, you will visit the museums and significant points of interest in the capital. At the top of the list is the ornate National Theater, built in the late 1800s by Costa Rica’s wealthiest coffee families. This is one of the finest theaters in the world! Other stops include the National Museum and an open-air market. Enjoy lunch at a restaurant that specializes in traditional Costa Rican cuisine. You are sure to enjoy this walking tour of the best San José has to offer.

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Note: We include one excursion every weekend during the program. Excursions are subject to change due to weather conditions or unforeseen circumstances. Optional excursions may be available depending on student interest.

Earn community service hours for your school, improve your Spanish skills & gain deeper cultural understanding. Fulfill high school graduation requirements, such as CAS or SSL hours, on projects such as:

Cultural Activities

• National Park Volunteer • Conservation Work • Beautification Projects • Community Development

We organize cultural activities for the weekday afternoons. These activities are designed to accentuate the unique character of Costa Rica. Examples of our great cultural activities are:

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• M usic Concert • City Tours • Hiking • Horseback Riding • Yoga Class (Heredia) • Festivals & Market Day

One of the most rewarding aspects of our program is living with a local host family.You can choose to live with a roommate or live alone with the host family. Living and sharing your experience with your host family will strengthen your experience and your understanding of both culture and language. We carefully select only those families experienced in hosting students. You will have breakfast, lunch, and dinner with your host family.

Volunteer & Community Service

• Teaching in Schools • Volunteer in Schools • Women’s Empowerment • Nutrition Centers

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Dates & Prices* All programs include full tuition, homestay room & board, excursions, cultural activities, director support, medical insurance & much more! See page 11 for full list. Flexible dates are available! SUMMER PROGRAMS SUMMER I

SUMMER II

SUMMER III

SUMMER IVa

SUMMER IVb

Early Jun-Mid Jun

Mid Jun-Early Jul

Early July-Late Jul

Late Jul-Mid Aug

Late Jul-Mid Aug

$1,995 (1 weeks)

$2,995 (3 weeks)

$2,995 (3 weeks)

$2,595 (2 weeks)

$2,995 (3 weeks)

BACK to BACK Summer Sessions Stay 2 Summer Sessions

Stay 3 Summer Sessions

Stay extra weeks

$4,300 (5 weeks)

$6,700 (9 weeks)

$795 (per week)

SPRING BREAK & TEACHER-LED CUSTOM PROGRAMS Affordable 1 to 2 week packages. Start any Saturday! 1 week program - $995

2 week program - $1,895

WINTER BREAK PROGRAMS Affordable 2 to 3 week packages! Late Dec - Mid Jan

Early Jan - Mid Jan

Early Jan - Late Jan

$2,895 (3 weeks)

$2,495 (2 weeks)

$2,895 (3 weeks)

GAP YEAR, GAP SEMESTER & HIGH SCHOOL SEMESTER ABROAD FALL SEMESTER (Gap Semester or High School Semester Abroad) September - December

$7,950

SPRING SEMESTER (Gap Semester or High School Semester Abroad) January - May

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Thank you for everything Sol Abroad! This was by far the best experience in my 16 years!

Julie King – Damascus High School, Damascus, MD

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Spain

Study Abroad & Spanish Immersion in Spain! Country Overview: Spain

City Overview: Granada

Why Spain? Travel to the very origins of the Spanish language! Spain is a country of fascinating diversity, visible in its people, its countryside, and its profound history. Come experience the fascination and intrigue that Spain has to offer.

Why Granada? One of the most fascinating cities in Spain! It is also one of the top travel destinations in the world. Located high in the Sierra Nevada Mountains and only minutes from the coast this is one of the world’s best study abroad destinations.

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This is an experience of a lifetime... I loved it and would come back in a heartbeat!

Kelsey Parsons – The Meadows School, Las Vegas, NV

of the most historic countries in Europe having cultural influences from the Romans, Moors, Phoenicians, and Sephardi Jews.

• Each region of Spain could be considered an independent country. The green landscapes of the north present a marked contrast to the mountainous and arid landscapes of the south.

• The foods of Spain are equally varied, and provide yet another

exciting aspect to your experience. Tapas are a typical example of the gastronomic culture. Spaniards treasure outings with friends that include ordering multiple plates of food that can be shared amongst the group.

• M ake connections between Spain and the lasting imprint it has made on the United States.

• H ome to the Alhambra palace, the echoes of Granada’s Arabic past ring strong as you stroll the cobblestone streets and explore the medieval passageways of the Albaicín, the largest preserved Moorish quarter in all of Europe, full of Moroccan tea houses and shops.

• G ranada was ruled by the Moors for almost 800 years before the

Catholic monarchy of Isabel & Ferdinand conquered the city in 1492.

• Spain’s best flamenco performers come from Granada. In the evenings, enjoy a flamenco show, and feel the passion of this Gypsy art form.

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Academic Overview University of Granada (Summer II & III) Study at the prestigious University of Granada, founded in 1531. Classes are taught in the historic Realejo neighborhood. Spanish classes are taught in one of two historic buildings; one of which is a former palace dating from the 16th century. IDEA Spanish Language School (Summer I) Located in the historic Realejo neighborhood (the former Jewish quarter). IDEA is known for its personalized attention to Spanish Language teaching.

Spanish Language Classes You will choose one of the following classes for your program session (each class is 40 to 80 classroom contact hours): Beginner I Beginner II

Intermediate I Intermediate II

Advanced I Advanced II

Superior I Superior II

See course descriptions on page 10. Full course descriptions are available online at www.solabroad.com/spain College Credit: You can earn a total of up to 6 semester credits or 8 quarter units per session. We will send your transcript to any university you attend in the future! Advanced Placement (AP) & High School Credit: Many of our students successfully take the AP exam after doing our program. Also, because of improved language skills, students often place into higher level Spanish classes upon their return. 28 Spain

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SAT/ACT & College Application Preparation Course Need to study for the SAT or ACT? Trying to get into the best college possible? AND want to go to Spain? Take part in this unique opportunity to study Spanish in our Granada program and take an SAT/ACT or College Application Prep course. Sol Abroad is partnered with All-in-One-Academics, a comprehensive college admissions company. As an add-on to your Spanish classes you can choose to take the SAT/ACT Preparation Course or the College Application Preparation Course. Classes are taught by the All-in-OneAcademics teachers. They teach each student as an individual, and are experts in identifying strengths, weaknesses, and potential areas of improvement. Spots are filling up in this summer’s courses so reserve your spot today!

Included Excursions Madrid Weekend Tour Madrid, the capital of Spain, is a city full of life and culture. It is a city of plazas, world-class museums, and excellent cafés. Madrid defines the essence of Spain and is a wonderful introduction to what the country has to offer. Here you will see the impressive Plaza Mayor with its lovely outdoor cafés and historic buildings. Nearby is the very heart of the country and of Madrid, the lively Puerta del Sol. There is always something going on here, and of course there are more of the classic cafés and restaurants that characterize Madrid. Another highlight is the impressive Prado Museum, one of Europe’s top art museums. Here you will find works by Goya, El Greco, and Velázquez, as well as pieces by many other notable artists such as the Flemish masters.

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Alhambra Palace The Alhambra is one of the most impressive monuments in the world. It was the ancient palace of the Sultans beginning in the 10th century, and remained in their power until 1492. The marvelously decorated walls of the palaces are like something out of a dream. Stuccoed inscriptions in Arabic repeat throughout the palaces, continuously drawing you into the unique history of the fortress. The use of water throughout the Alhambra bestows upon you a sense of calm while exploring the ornate passages and stunning gardens. It is nothing short of stepping into another world. Equally as inspiring as the restored palaces of the Alhambra are the breathtaking views of the Sierra Nevada Mountains and of Granada below. No trip to Spain is complete without experiencing this colossal palace.

1200s by Berber refugees from Seville. The Berbers, originally from North Africa, introduced the unique architecture that is still used in the high villages of the Alpujarras today. The region is an earthly paradise above the rest of Andalusia. The snows of the Sierras keep the valleys and villages of the Alpujarras well-watered year round. Even in the summer, the countryside is green and full of flowers. Visiting these villages is like stepping into another world. Small whitewashed farmhouses cling to the terraced edges of forest-lined gorges while rivers rush by below. Besides exploring these unique villages, there are many opportunities for hiking in the area. While trekking from Capileira, one of the most picturesque of the Alpujarras villages, one is constantly rewarded with views of the tallest peaks of the Spanish Peninsula.

Costa del Sol Beaches (Nerja) Nerja is one of the most striking beaches on the Andalusian coast. Commonly known as the Costa del Sol (Sun Coast), this is a popular beach escape for people from all over Europe. The drive from Granada to the Mediterranean is impressive. You will pass through deep canyons and then along a spectacular coastal highway. The deep blue Mediterranean Sea stretches out below the winding roadway. Nerja is a small coastal town with plenty of beaches to pass the day. Many of the Costa del Sol beaches are intimate, tucked amongst cliffs and rocks jutting from the sea. Along the beaches are restaurants set out in the sand where you can enjoy fresh fish and traditional paella while basking in the tranquility of the Mediterranean Sea.

Mediterranean Beaches (Målaga) The beautiful beaches of Southern Spain are tucked along a rugged coastline backed by arid mountain ranges and tropical valleys. Ancient white-washed villages hug the steep hillsides. We will explore the tropical beaches and kayak and sail over the clear, deep blue Mediterranean waters. Seville (Teacher-Led Custom Programs) Seville (Sevilla in Spanish) is one of the most historic cities in Europe. Over 2,000 years old, it has been influenced by countless cultures all of which is seen today in its enchanting architecture. The many historic buildings and neighborhoods hold the imprint of the vibrant Muslim, Jewish, and Christian cultures that called this city home. We will visit the most impressive sites such as the famous minaret of La Giralda, a beautiful example of the city’s strong Moorish past. The Cathedral of Sevilla houses the tomb of Christopher Columbus and is the largest Catholic Cathedral building in the world. Sevilla is the

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artistic and cultural capital of southern Spain. Walking around Sevilla, you will experience a lively and fun-loving city. If you travel to Spain, you cannot miss Sevilla! Note: We include one excursion every weekend during the program. Excursions are subject to change due to weather conditions or unforeseen circumstances. Optional excursions may be available depending on student interest.

Cultural Activities We organize cultural activities for the weekday afternoons. These activities are designed to accentuate the unique character of southern Spain. Examples of our great cultural activities are:

• Flamenco Dance Classes • Granada Cathedrals Tour • Movie Night • Arabic Baths • City Tours • Bike Tours • Flamenco Performances

• Horseback Riding • Food Tasting • Arabic Tea Houses • Theater Night • Hiking • Museum Visits • Festivals

Homestay & Meals One of the most rewarding aspects of our program is living with a local host family.You can choose to live with a roommate or live alone with the host family. Living and sharing your experience with your host family will strengthen your experience and your understanding of both culture and language. We carefully select only those families experienced in hosting students. You will have breakfast, lunch, and dinner with your family.

Dates & Prices* (all Summer Programs start in Madrid) All programs include full tuition, homestay room & board, excursions, cultural activities, director support, medical insurance & much more! See page 11 for full list. Flexible dates are available! SUMMER PROGRAMS SUMMER Ia

SUMMER Ib

SUMMER II

SUMMER III

Mid Jun-Early Jul

Mid Jun-Mid Jul

Late Jun-Late Jul

Late Jul-Mid Aug

$3,695 (3 wks)

$4,295 (4 wks)

$4,295 (4 wks)

$3,695 (3 wks)

College Application Prep Course & Elite SAT/ACT Prep Course (add to SUM Ib) add College Application Prep Course

add Elite SAT/ACT Prep Course

$995 (4 weeks)

$1,995 (4 weeks)

BACK to BACK Summer Sessions 2 Summer Sessions

3 Summer Sessions

Stay extra weeks

$6,495 (7 weeks)

$7,995 (9 weeks)

$995 (per week)

SPRING BREAK & TEACHER-LED CUSTOM PROGRAMS Affordable 1, 2 & 3 week packages. Start any Saturday! (starts in Granada) 1 week program - $1,495

2 week program - $1,945

3 week program - $2,645

WINTER BREAK PROGRAMS Affordable 2 to 3 week packages! (starts in Granada) Early Dec - Mid Dec

Late Dec - Mid Jan

Early Jan - Mid Jan

Mid Jan - Late Jan

$2,395 (2 weeks)

$2,795 (3 weeks)

$2,395 (2 weeks)

$2,795 (3 weeks)

GAP YEAR, GAP SEMESTER & HIGH SCHOOL SEMESTER ABROAD FALL SEMESTER (Gap Semester or High School Semester Abroad) September - December

$9,495

SPRING SEMESTER (Gap Semester or High School Semester Abroad) January - May

$9,495

GAP YEAR (Gap Year or High School Year Abroad) September - May

$18,995

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Argentina

Argentina

Study Abroad & Spanish Immersion in Argentina! Country Overview: Argentina

City Overview: Buenos Aires

Why Argentina? Argentina is the premier destination of South America! It is a complete sensory experience; not only an ideal country to learn the Spanish language, but also the ideal site to learn about a truly unique yet diverse culture in some of the most varied landscapes on the planet. Argentina offers everything you could want! Picture evening tango performances, strolls through colonial streets and picnics in picturesque parks. Enjoy an asado, the barbeque that is the pride of the country and savor a cup of yerba maté, the traditional Argentine tea. The rich history of the indigenous peoples and numerous European immigrant groups adds to the intense flavor that defines Argentina. Home to landscapes ranging from the wild and remote Patagonia in the south to the lively, legendary city of Buenos Aires.

Why Buenos Aires? Buenos Aires is a city far more European than South American, an urban landscape steeped in tradition, but offering modernity that never disappoints. With its charming European character and delicate balance of the historic and modern, Buenos Aires showcases the unique personality of Argentina. From numerous museums to old-time cafés to seductive Tango dance halls, you will never find a dull moment. Watch a soccer match in the famous La Boca stadium and experience the bliss of fútbol in Argentina. Wander the bustling streets and grand avenues of the city and then explore the numerous historic neighborhoods. Buenos Aires vibrates with the history and energy brought by numerous European immigrants. Visit La Boca, with its brightly painted homes, or San Telmo; both neighborhoods were founded by Italian immigrants. Then cross over to Recoleta or Barrio Norte, which boast a French aristocratic style.

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Academic Overview

Included Excursions

You will study at Academia Buenos Aires, located in the very heart of Buenos Aires. Here you will find yourself in easy walking distance of some of the most famous monuments and sites of this cosmopolitan city. All professors have experience teaching in public institutions and possess a solid background in language training and applied linguistics. Courses are designed with a steady focus on communication, while also addressing the grammatical aspects of the language. School facilities are modern and comfortable and offer all the necessary audio and video equipment for classes.

Argentine Cowboy (Gaucho) Ranch Escape from cosmopolitan Buenos Aires for a weekend excursion to the quiet of the Pampas, defined by peaceful villages and breathtaking terrain. This is an ideal excursion to the lands of the mythical Gaucho, or Argentine cowboy, a symbol of the Pampas. We will visit an area offering some of the most diverse and impressive landscapes found anywhere. Here you will experience wild scenery highlighted by valleys, inviting forests, and clear-flowing streams. It is the ideal location for outdoor activities such as horseback riding, hiking, and biking. We will explore local parks and bike trails that wind through pristine forests. Later, we will visit a typical Argentine estancia, or ranch, and enjoy the famous asado, the Argentine barbeque. If time allows we will visit local communities with their small-town charm and quaint shops.

Spanish Language Classes You will choose one of the following classes for your program session (each class is 45 classroom contact hours): Beginner I Beginner II

Intermediate I Intermediate II

Advanced I Advanced II

Superior I Superior II

See course descriptions on page 10. Full course descriptions are available online at www.solabroad.com/argentina College Credit: You can earn a total of 3 semester credits or 4 quarter units per session. We will send your transcript to any university you attend in the future! Advanced Placement (AP) & High School Credit: Many of our students successfully take the AP exam after doing our program. Also, because of improved language skills, students often place into higher level Spanish classes upon their return.

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Colonia, Uruguay Cross the immense Río de la Plata, the widest river in the world, into the Uruguayan town of Colonia. Founded in 1680, Colonia was the only Portuguese settlement ever established along the river. Here it served as a contraband port against the Spanish. Due to its Portuguese past, the town has a very different feel than that of any Spanish colonial city. Today, Colonia’s narrow cobblestone streets and colonial homes are reminiscent of historic Lisbon, Portugal and this unique flavor has earned the town the distinction as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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El Tigre River Boat Ride & Old Market Visit the fascinating river town of El Tigre, located on the banks of the Río de la Plata. Here, the Paraná and Uruguay rivers flow into Río de la Plata, making it the third largest estuary in the world. The region is known as the Delta and El Tigre is the main town. In the Delta, life is the river. People live on the hundreds of islands in the waters around El Tigre and to get anywhere, you must go by boat. We will visit the colonial town of El Tigre, with its famous weekend Fruit Market, and the 200 year-old riverbank mansions of San Isidro. We will also take a boat trip along the mystical river passing countless islands covered with beautiful vegetation and rich in wildlife. Along the way you will see homes built on stilts, typical of the area.This is a unique experience and a voyage into a world unaffected by the bustle of modernity. Iguazú Falls (Teacher-Led Custom Programs) Do not miss this opportunity to visit the spectacular, one-of-a-kind Iguazú Falls. Located on the tropical border of Argentina and Brazil, this UNESCO World Heritage Site is vastly larger than Niagara Falls and considered the world’s most impressive waterfall due to its inspiring panoramic views. The falls are actually a system of roughly 270 different waterfalls, all of varying heights and sizes that together create a breathtaking visual experience. On this excursion you travel by air or bus from Buenos Aires to the north of the country and spend three days exploring this fascinating and awe-inspiring region of South America. Besides viewing the falls, you will see such exotic animals as coatimundis, macaws, tapirs, toucans, and if you’re lucky, maybe even the mysterious jaguar. Note: We include one excursion every weekend during the program. Excursions are subject to change due to weather conditions or unforeseen circumstances. Optional excursions may be available depending on student interest.

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Cultural Activities We organize cultural activities for the weekday afternoons. These activities are designed to accentuate the unique character of Argentina and Buenos Aires. Examples of our great cultural activities are:

• Tango Performances • Soccer Matches • Theater Night • Salsa & Merengue Classes • Tango Dance Classes • Festival

• City Tours • Yoga Classes • Traditional Cooking Classes • Museum Visits • Movie Nights • Argentine Asado & Maté

Homestay & Meals One of the most rewarding aspects of our program is living with a local host family. Choose to live with a roommate or live alone with the host family. Living and sharing your experience with your host family strengthens your experience and your understanding of culture and language. We carefully select only experienced families. During the weekdays, you will have breakfast and dinner with your host family. Lunch is included at a local café near the language school.

Volunteer & Community Service Earn community service hours for your school, improve your Spanish skills & gain deeper cultural understanding. Fulfill high school graduation requirements, such as CAS or SSL hours, on projects such as:

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Dates & Prices* All programs include full tuition, homestay room & board, excursions, cultural activities, director support, medical insurance & much more! See page 11 for full list. Flexible dates are available! SUMMER PROGRAMS SUMMER I

SUMMER IIa

SUMMER IIb

SUMMER III

Mid June - Early July

Early July - Late July

Early July - Early Aug

Early Aug - Mid Aug

$2,995 (3 weeks)

$2,495 (2 weeks)

$3,495 (4 weeks)

$2,495 (2 weeks)

BACK to BACK Summer Sessions Stay 2 Summer Sessions

Stay 3 Summer Sessions

Stay extra weeks

$5,950 (7 weeks)

$7,950 (10 weeks)

$875 (per week)

SPRING BREAK & TEACHER-LED CUSTOM PROGRAMS

Now that I am back home, it seems like it was a dream . . . too good to be true.

Bronwen Raff – The Community School, Sun Valley, ID

Affordable 1 to 2 week packages. Start any Saturday! 1 week program - $1,495

2 week program - $1,995

WINTER BREAK PROGRAMS (summer in Argentina!) Affordable 2 to 3 week packages! Late Dec - Mid Jan

Early Jan - Mid Jan

Early Jan - Mid Jan

$2,995 (3 weeks)

$2,495 (2 weeks)

$2,995 (3 weeks)

GAP YEAR, GAP SEMESTER & HIGH SCHOOL SEMESTER ABROAD FALL SEMESTER (Gap Semester or High School Semester Abroad) August - December

$8,695

SPRING SEMESTER (Gap Semester or High School Semester Abroad) January - May

$8,695

GAP YEAR (Gap Year or High School Year Abroad) August - May

$17,295

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My host family did everything possible to make my stay in Oaxaca great. They not only treated me as a student, but as an actual family member.

Sebastian Christakis – Cambridge School of Weston, Weston, MA

Mexico

Mexico

Study Abroad & Spanish Immersion in Mexico! Oaxaca is on the U.S. Department of State Travel Safe List. Sol Education Abroad is one of the few study abroad providers that has not left Mexico, because we feel Oaxaca City is safe and is an incredible study abroad destination.We continue to have a full staff and our office there.We also feel it is important to continue to support the Mexican people. Please visit the US. Department of State Travel Safe List at www.travel.state.gov

Country Overview: Mexico

City Overview: Oaxaca

Why Mexico? Mexico is one of the most fascinating countries in Latin America. It is a country of rich traditions and amazing landscapes.

Why Oaxaca? Oaxaca, a UNESCO World-Heritage Site, is a safe and idyllic city in peaceful Southern Mexico. It is an enjoyable juxtaposition of old and new, European and indigenous. This Mexican city, with its hip cafés, art galleries, and live music scene, has a bohemian feel while maintaining its colonial charm and links to its pre-Hispanic past.

people of Mexico possess an unmatched openness. • TThey he friendly value other cultures and welcome visitors with open arms. of snow-capped peaks, expansive deserts, cool cloud • Aforests,  land and the beauty of two coastlines, the Pacific Ocean and

the Caribbean Sea. Explore indigenous villages that still retain their native languages, and then stroll through colonial cities with their welcoming plazas and inviting architecture.

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the ancient past of the pre-Hispanic cultures, such as the • DMaya  iscover and the Aztec, still alive today in traditional festivals and in many aspects of contemporary Mexican life.

•W  orld-class cuisine. Every region of Mexico has its own unique culinary flare.

to Mexico’s best colonial center and the charming Zócalo, • Hor ome central plaza, which is always bustling with activity.

• A city of cobblestone streets and charming colonial buildings. Monte Albán, which was the ancient capital city of the • HZapotec  ome toculture.

still retain the Zapotec language, centuries after the • LSpanish ocal villages conquest.

abounds with natural beauty – from the impressive Sierra • ONorte  axacamountains to the sweeping landscapes of the central valley.

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Academic Overview

Spanish language classes in Oaxaca are taught at the University of Oaxaca (UABJO), which was established in 1827 as one of the first universities in Mexico. Language classes are taught at the Facultad de Idiomas, the prestigious language branch of the university. The Spanish program began here in 1987 and has since evolved into an esteemed Spanish language institute. University facilities are located in the historic center of Oaxaca and are only a few blocks south of the famous Zócalo, or central plaza. The Facultad itself has a relaxed atmosphere, and its modern facilities include a spacious library, computer lab, and comfortable classroom space.

Spanish Language Classes You will choose one Spanish language class AND one elective class OR choose two elective classes for your program session (each class is 45 classroom contact hours): Beginner I Beginner II

Intermediate I Intermediate II

Advanced I Advanced II

Superior I Superior II

Elective Classes: Latin American Literature Creative Writing Mexican Cinema Chicano Literature Mexican History & Culture Advanced Composition

Latin American Poetry The Mexican Short Story Mexican Literature Mexican Women Writers History of Mesoamerica Mexican Art History Mexican Economy

Mexican Theater Human Rights in Mexico Mexico-US Relations: 19th & 20th century Screen Writing The Mexican Revolution

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College Credit: You can earn a total of 6 semester credits or 9 quarter units per session. We will send your transcript to any university you attend in the future! Advanced Placement (AP) & High School Credit: Many of our students successfully take the AP exam after doing our program. Also, because of improved language skills, students often place into higher level Spanish classes upon their return.

Included Excursions Pacific Beach Trip Bahías de Huatulco The Oaxacan coast provides you with stunning cliff side views of thousands of small bays that dot its coastline. Join this weekend excursion to explore one of the most beautiful beach locations Mexico has to offer, the Bahías de Huatulco. Unlike other coastal areas of Mexico, the Oaxacan coast remains largely untouched and mainly plays host to local tourism. While in Huatulco, students visit several of the pristine beaches in the area nestled in small bays, and spend the day on a boat visiting some of the hidden coves. Do not miss this opportunity to explore untouched beaches and snorkel around coral reefs. This is the perfect opportunity to witness the vast biodiversity the Oaxacan coast has to offer. Sierra Norte Mountains Hiking Trip & Zipline This expansive range of mountains, found just north of Oaxaca City, provides a stark contrast to the colonial city. Passing through dense cloud canopies and pine forests ideal for hiking, you will encounter ancient mountain villages. During the excursion, students will visit a remote Zapotec community and explore the area.

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Monte Albán Pre-Hispanic Ruins While in Oaxaca, you will visit the pre-Hispanic ruins of Monte Albán. This former Zapotec capital city is considered one of the most impressive archeological sites in Mexico. The well-preserved ruins sit atop a hill outside of Oaxaca City, which allows for amazing views of the surrounding valley. The numerous pyramids and ancient buildings found at Monte Albán fill the site with an air of awe and mystery. Mountain Springs (Hierve el Agua) Hierve el Agua (or Boiling Water) is an impressive natural wonder located west of Oaxaca City. The name is derived from the abundant mineral springs that seethe from the ground, giving the appearance of boiling water. These extraordinary springs have been visited for over 2,500 years, with pre-Hispanic cultures revering their natural beauty and therapeutic properties. On this excursion, you will travel down beautiful mountain roads and experience the awe-inspiring views of the canyons and hillsides as well as soaking in the relaxing springs. Mitla Pyramids, Teotitlán Artisan Village, & Ancient El Tule Tree The central valleys of Oaxaca are filled with the echoes of the past. Mitla was known by the Zapotec people as “The Place of the Dead” and was believed to be the entrance to the underworld. At Mitla, you will find the most well-preserved mosaic designs in all of Mexico. Walking amongst the ruins, you can feel it’s incredible energy. You will also visit the classic Zapotec town of Teotitlán del Valle, famous for its time-honored tradition of hand-woven rugs. Before returning to Oaxaca, we will visit the gargantuan El Tule tree. Calculated to be over 3,000 years old, it is considered the largest biomass on the planet. Note: We include one excursion every weekend during the program. Excursions are subject to change due to weather conditions or unforeseen circumstances. Optional excursions may be available depending on student interest.

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Cultural Activities We organize cultural activities for the weekday afternoons. These activities are designed to accentuate the unique character of Mexico and Oaxaca. Examples of our great cultural activities are:

• Museum Visits • Art Galleries • Salsa & Merengue Classes • Traditional Cooking Classes • Mexican Artist Workshops

• Guelaguetza Festival • Yoga Classes • Graffiti Workshops • Traditional Markets • Art Classes

Homestay & Meals One of the most rewarding aspects of our program is living with a local host family. Choose to live with a roommate or live alone with the host family. Living and sharing your experience with your host family strengthens your experience and your understanding of culture and language. We carefully select only experienced families. During the weekdays, you will have breakfast and dinner with your host family.

Volunteer & Community Service Earn community service hours for your school, improve your Spanish skills & gain deeper cultural understanding. Fulfill high school graduation requirements, such as CAS or SSL hours, on projects such as:

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Dates & Prices* All programs include full tuition, homestay room & board, excursions, cultural activities, director support, medical insurance & much more! See page 11 for full list. Flexible dates are available! SUMMER PROGRAMS SUMMER Ia

SUMMER Ib

SUMMER II

SUMMER III

Mid June - Early July

Late June - Early July

Early July - Early Aug

Early Aug - Mid Aug

$2,495 (3 weeks)

$2,950 (4 weeks)

$2,950 (4 weeks)

$1,995 (2 weeks)

BACK to BACK Summer Sessions Stay 2 Summer Sessions

Stay 3 Summer Sessions

Stay extra weeks

$3,995 (6 wks) $4,850 (7 wks)

$6,850 (9 weeks)

$795 (per week)

SPRING BREAK & TEACHER-LED CUSTOM PROGRAMS Affordable 1 to 2 week packages. Start any Saturday! 1 week program - $995

2 week program - $1,450

WINTER BREAK PROGRAMS Affordable 2 to 3 week packages! Late Dec - Mid Jan

Early Jan - Mid Jan

Early Jan - Mid Jan

$2,450 (3 weeks)

$1,950 (2 weeks)

$2,450 (3 weeks)

GAP YEAR, GAP SEMESTER & HIGH SCHOOL SEMESTER ABROAD FALL SEMESTER (Gap Semester or High School Semester Abroad) August - December

$6,950

SPRING SEMESTER (Gap Semester or High School Semester Abroad) January - May

$6,950

GAP YEAR (Gap Year or High School Year Abroad) August - May

$13,950

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Stray far from home, don’t worry about getting lost . . . try everything.

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Policies

Program Cancellation Policy

Payment Information

Sol Abroad reserves the right to cancel or makes changes to any of our programs as deemed necessary by the program administration. This may arise from insufficient participation or for other reasons deemed appropriate. Sol Abroad will provide participants and their families with as much advanced notice as possible of such a decision. Upon cancellation, accepted applicants are presented with the following choices:

•A $150 application deposit, which is applied towards the program price, must be submitted in order for the application to be processed. •A $35 fee will be assessed for all returned checks. •If an application is received after the stated application due date, a $150 late fee will be assessed. Students may apply no later than 2 weeks prior to the program start date. •If you decide to pay the late fee in order to postpone payment for whatever reason, please note that FULL payment is due 2 weeks prior to the program start date. If payment is not received by this date, then you will be unable to participate in the program. NOTE: Students using financial aid are the exception. •Program payments can be made online by check or credit card via our website at www. solabroad.com/payonline If you prefer, you can also mail us a personal check, cashier’s check, or money order. All checks should be made payable to “Sol Abroad”.

•A full refund of all fees paid.

Program Change Fee •All participants may change to a different program location or to a different set of dates once prior to official program acceptance without incurring any fees.

Refund Policy •$50 of the application deposit is non-refundable once a participant is accepted.

•Any participant is only permitted to change a maximum of two times.

•After the application due date, no part of the $150 application deposit is refundable, regardless of the participant’s reason for program cancellation or withdrawal.

•For late applicants, the $100 program change fee applies to any changes.

Withdrawal Policy •After the forms and payment due date but 21 to 30 days prior to departure, all fees paid are held minus 50% of the program balance.

•Change requests must be received in writing, by email or fax. Sol Abroad will acknowledge a change by sending a confirmation email for your records. For a complete listing of our policies visit www.solabroad.com/policy

Conduct & Behavior Standards

•After the forms and payment due date but 1 to 20 days prior to departure, there is no refund issued.

Sol Abroad takes appropriate behavior on the program very seriously. Please be aware of the following policies:

•There is no refund issued if a participant is expelled from the program due to a violation of Sol Abroad’s conduct standards.

Prohibited Behavior & Personal Safety

•A student who withdraws before the program start date, due to serious illness or other extenuating circumstances, will receive a refund minus the application deposit and any fees incurred on the student’s behalf. If the withdrawal is due to illness, a written document must be provided by a licensed physician stating that the student is unable to participate in the program and the reason. •Once the program begins there are no refunds. If a student decides to withdraw prior to the end of the program, the student is responsible for all fees and changes associated with their return home.

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•Change to a future program that is offered within 1 year of the original program.

•For any changes a student makes after official acceptance into the program there is a $100 program change fee. Notification of the program change must be received by the Forms & Payment Due Date. After this date, changes are only permitted on a case-by-case basis.

•For all withdrawal or refund requests, Sol Abroad must receive a request in writing via email or fax. The request must be received by the stated withdrawal and refund deadlines.

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•Change to a different program offered during a similar time period.

• Students will be respectful of the rules and regulations of the school and their classes. Any aggressive or disrespectful behavior towards teachers will be dealt with appropriately. In extreme cases a student will have their classes cancelled or be sent home without a refund. Students will be respectful of all Sol Abroad staff. Students will respectful of each other. Students must not engage in any behavior that may be harmful to their health and safety nor engage in any behavior that may be detrimental to other students on the program. Any such behavior may result in expulsion from the program.

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Alcohol, Tobacco & Drug Policy •Sol Abroad has a zero tolerance policy in regards to drugs and alcohol. Students must obey all US laws, state laws, and laws of the country where they are studying regarding the possession, use, transfer or consumption of drugs and alcohol as well as any other illegal behavior. By signing our “Conduct & Behavior Form” you are verifying that you will not be involved in any illegal activity during your study abroad program, including the possession, use, transfer or consumption of illegal drugs. If you do become involved in such activity, it may result in immediate expulsion from the program. As a Sol Abroad participant, you are subject to the rules and requirements of the program. •Alcohol is not allowed in hotel rooms or on any transportation used by the program during program excursions or activities. Students may be denied participation in the activity without a refund if they arrive to the excursion intoxicated. They may also be dismissed from the program for a violation of this policy. If you are arrested for alcohol or drug use while overseas it is not the legal responsibility of Sol Abroad. •Students may not consume tobacco products unless they are 18 years of age. For those students who are 18 years of age and do use tobacco products, Sol Abroad asks that they do so discreetly while on the program, so as not to encourage the other students who are under age. Violations of this policy will result in an incident report and intervention by

Apply Online! Submit your application online at www.solabroad.com/apply We want the application process to be as simple and straightforward as possible. If you have absolutely any questions call us at any time! Step 1 Select the program(s) that you are interested in. Step 2 Submit your online application and pay your $150 deposit, which is applied toward the program price (is not a fee) and reserves your place in the program. You can pay online by check or credit card or mail us a check. Step 3 Send us your transcript either by email, fax, or mail. Step 4 Have your teacher complete an online Letter of Recommendation. Once you submit your online application, you will receive a personal call to let you know of your acceptance status. Applicants are accepted on a rolling basis.

Application & Payment Due Dates

the Sol Abroad staff.

Curfew Policy •For all high school programs there is a curfew. The curfew is not designed to take away from the experience. Curfews are established based on the country norms for the age group. Curfews are established with the student’s best interest in mind. Curfew violations can lead to an incident report or program expulsion and dismissal. Depending on group activities curfews may be extended when accompanied by a director.

Dismissal •Violating any of the Conduct and Behavior Standards may result in immediate expulsion and dismissal from the Sol Abroad program, without prior warnings. If you must return to the US due to program expulsion, it will be at your expense and there are no refunds issued. The decision for expulsion is made by the Sol Abroad executive directors and is in their sole discretion. Once a decision is made for expulsion, the staff will assist you in making travel arrangements. Any expenses incurred for return transportation will be your responsibility.

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Program Session Summer 1 & II Summer III & IV Spring Semester Fall Semester Winter Break, Spring Break, Intensive Spanish

Contact Us!

Application Due Date May 10 May 20 December 1 July 15 4 weeks prior to start date

Phone: 512.380.1003 Internet: www.solabroad.com Email: info@solabroad.com Fax: 512.287.4886

Forms & Payment Due Date May 15 May 25 December 15 July 30 2 weeks prior to start date

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Sol Abroad did an extraordinary job planning my trip to Granada. They provided us with a quality program that was enjoyable, well-paced and gave us insight into the cultural aspects of Spain. Cynthia Garcia - The Webb Schools , Claremont , CA

High School Teachers Teacher-Led Trips Do you want to take a group of your high school students abroad and have all of your travel expenses covered? Let us create your trip! We handle all the logistics, leaving you free to enjoy the experience. In exchange for getting a group of students together we will take care of all of your expenses, including airfare, housing, meals, medical insurance, all excursions, cultural activities, and much more! Sol Abroad is a leader in high school Study Abroad and Spanish Immersion programs. Our goal is for your students to cultivate relationships, gain language skills, and take home memories that last a lifetime.

Planning We recommended you begin planning 6 - 8 months prior to the start of your program. • A Sol Abroad staff member will be assigned to help you plan your trip. • Your trip can be as long or as short as you like.Typical programs are 1 to 3 weeks long. • Programs can take place any time of the year: summer, spring break, winter break, or whenever best fits your students’ needs. • We will organize any specialized classes and activities that you request.

Steps to Travel Abroad Just follow these simple steps and you will be well on our your way to starting your Sol Abroad adventure! Step 1 Decide on your destination and the length of your trip. Step 2 Contact us and we will create a custom trip, with webpage & calendar. Step 3 We will assist you in promoting the new custom program with your students through flyers, videos, e-mails, and classroom presentations. Step 4 Students apply directly to our program and complete our online application. We will handle all logistics, application processing, payments & pre-departure communication. It’s that easy! Please contact our office at 512.380.1003 for details and a custom price!

Referral Program We will pay you a $100 referral for every student you refer to our program! (you may also choose to have the funds be applied to your students’ program). Please submit your name to our teacher’s referral page at www.solabroad.com/teachers 54

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University Study Abroad & Gap Year Programs! If you are unable to study abroad with us while in high school or are a graduating senior, you can participate in our University and Gap Year programs!

University Study Abroad Programs Study abroad at any of our program locations for a summer, semester, academic year, or winter break session. Earn the same amount of college credit as you would at any U.S. college or university. All credit is transferable! This is a great way to earn college credit, learn Spanish, and have an amazing experience! All classes are taught at fully accredited international universities. Go during any point of your college career.

Gap Year & Semester Programs What is a Gap Year? A Gap Year is a break between graduating high school and entering college. This has long been common in Europe and now many U.S. students are taking advantage of the opportunity to spend a semester or year exploring the world while learning a second language. With Sol Education Abroad you can get a jump-start on college credit or learn Spanish for the experience! As a Gap Year student you can do any of our Spanish Immersion programs. You can even choose any of our program locations for learning Spanish by the week or for an enriching volunteer program. You can even customize your dates! For more information about these programs, please visit: www.soleducation.com or call us at 512.380.1003. w w w. s o l a b ro a d . c o m

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